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From the Kitchen to the Studio
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From the Kitchen to the StudioHealthy Green Artists
by Janet Chui
I found myself exploring the deep dark corners of my kitchen not too long ago, and whenever I surfaced with anything I knew I would never use in food preparation/cooking/serving/storing because it was too old or too ugly, the next question I would ask (after "Is this too old or too ugly?") was "Can I use it in the studio?" The question was especially apt when I happened upon a Ziploc bag full of little glass jars and bottles - former containers for honey samples that now seemed useful for homemade dyes or leftover paint. And I found so much more useful stuff! Old kitchen objects can definitely find a second life in the studio. I thought this month's column would be a A-Z compilation of some of the possibilities.
Coffee grounds and tea leaves
The second use of a straw is for the controlled and angled blowing of paint drops on your paper to form streaks. Too much of a control freak to rely on plain old gravity to make deliberate streaks in your lovely abstracts? Use a drinking straw and your own wind power!
The third use? Cut short lengths of drinking straws to fit over the bristles of your detail paint brushes. These protect delicate bristles of detail brushes when they're not in use.
The kitchen and the studio have to be my two favorite places in the home - after all, it's where the best stuff is made! It may also be the two most important places we can reduce, reuse, and recycle. This month, here's hoping you'll find some of your "new, old" studio tools from the forgotten places in your kitchen!
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